Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia support 14 fish and seafood innovation projects

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From the Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/fisheries-oceans/news/2022/08/the-government-of-canada-and-the-province-of-british-columbia-support-14-fish- and-seafood-innovation-projects.html

Today’s environmental challenges mean that innovation and science are key to helping rebuild a healthy ocean ecosystem. Maintaining a sustainable and economically strong fish and seafood sector is a priority for the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honorable Joyce Murray, and British Columbia’s Minister of Lands, Waters and Resource Stewardship and Minister Responsible for Fisheries, the Honorable Josie Osborne, announced $9.9 million in funding for 14 projects under the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF).

Today’s investment supports a range of projects that aim to improve the performance and sustainability of the province’s fisheries sector through collaborative testing of selective fishing methods; improved technology to ensure accurate recreational fishing catch data; activities to increase the economic viability of kelp farming, while improving marine habitat for salmon; and efforts to assess and eradicate aquatic invasive species.

Among the projects announced today are:

  • Tsawwassen First Nation designs and operates a tidal salmon trap near their traditional fishing ground near the mouth of the Fraser River. Project objectives include identifying and evaluating a suitable trap site, constructing, operating and maintaining the trap, and monitoring the sustainability of this type of gear through a selective fishing study.
  • The Coastal Restoration Society captures, controls and monitors European Green Crab in an effort to mitigate and repair the damage these aquatic invasive species are causing to shared environmental, economic and cultural resources in the Pacific Rim.
  • The A-Tlegay Fisheries Society is currently constructing four kelp permaculture sites located in Johnstone Strait and the Northern Strait of Georgia to improve the quality of important marine habitat for salmon and to determine the commercial potential of permaculture of kelp in the area.

BCSRIF funding is open to Indigenous communities, industry associations, environmental non-governmental organizations, commercial enterprises and academic institutions. Investments under this program will help restore salmon habitat, benefit commercial and recreational fishing and aquaculture, and science and research initiatives. Further information on the application process, deadlines and program criteria can be found on the BCSRIF website: www.bcsrif.ca

Quotation

“Since its launch in 2019, the BCSRIF program has supported effective projects that make a real contribution to aquatic conservation. By investing in innovation, we help ensure that future generations benefit from healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems, and the fish and seafood industry they support. – The Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“Marine species such as kelp, oysters and wild salmon contribute greatly to the rich diversity of ocean habitats in British Columbia. These 14 projects are helping to restore and revitalize marine ecosystems so they can in turn continue to support British Columbia’s food security and provide good jobs that support the people and families of the coasts and the interior of British Columbia. – The Honorable Josie Osborne, Minister of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship of British Columbia

Fast facts

  • Launched in March 2019, the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund has invested in habitat protection and restoration, ensuring BC’s fish and seafood sector is positioned for environmental and economic sustainability long-term.
  • Ninety-seven projects have received BCSRIF funding since its inception in 2019, representing an investment of over $126 million to rebuild wild Pacific salmon stocks and support the fish and seafood sector. British Columbia seafood.
  • Additional information on projects selected for BCSRIF funding is available online: www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fisheries-peches/initiatives/fish-fund-bc-fonds-peche-cb/projects-projets-eng.html
  • BCSRIF is a 70% federal and 30% provincial cost-shared program.
  • In 2019, the Government of Canada initially invested $100 million over five years in BCSRIF, to support projects focused on habitat protection and restoration, including maintaining healthy and diverse salmon populations. The initial commitment of $100 million has been doubled in Budget 2021, to expand the program, as a key part of the Pacific Salmon Strategy (PSSI) Initiative. The BC government’s current investment is $42.85 million over five years with a commitment to double that amount in the future.
  • The Government of Canada’s Pacific Salmon Strategy Initiative, worth $647.1 million, is the government’s largest ever investment to save Pacific salmon. Through this investment, Canada will guide a long-term, strategic and coordinated response, grounded in collaborative action, to stabilize and protect Pacific salmon for the ecosystems, people and communities that depend on its sustainability.
  • BCSRIF funding is open to applications from Indigenous communities, commercial organizations in the wild and aquaculture, recreational fishing sectors, as well as non-commercial organizations such as universities and research institutes, associations industry and conservation groups.

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